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How the traditional media is conspiring against Asaram Bapu
Not long ago Supreme Court strongly condemned media houses of doing media trials of cases pending in the court. But a leopard cannot change its spots. They kept on doing the same thing & now they are back at it again with their new TRP guru Asaram Bapu. But here they didn't even wait for the hearing to start. There are two views on this recent case, one which is obvious high TRP(famous personality, millions of followers, Hindu Saint, VHP, BJP etc etc), second paid media i.e. sponsored news.

Continuous and Methodical blaming of Indian sadhus

 Repeatedly, from past 4-5 years, slowly & steadily the media is creating a negative image of the saint in front of viewers & lastly conspiring to an extent that he has been put behind bars before even the case could start. I have been monitoring this from past few years & I have seen every type of cases being framed against Asaram Bapu, Baba Ramdev and Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati. These cases must be still fresh in everyone’s mind so much so that many of us can probably state the charges right away against each one of them. Thanks to the much detailed and 24 hours coverage of media around these cases. 

Ever wondered what happened after that? Those cases were in court right? We, the great Indian middle class is too busy earning our living in this excessively inflated economy that we never bother about the results of these trials. Meanwhile, let me tell you all of them got acquitted in the cases against them be it ‘animals parts & human skull in medicines case’ on Baba Ramdev, ‘murder case’ on Shankaracharya or ‘land scam’, ‘murder of kids’, ‘taantrik allegation’ or ‘attempt to murder’ cases on Asaram Bapu. But strangely, none of the media channels ever highlighted the acquittal of these people.

Biased Reporting: Truth is suppressed 

CBI enquiries were initiated against these people but then they got a clean chit from CBI. Cases went up to Supreme Court but were dismissed soon after. But the way media content was curated, viewers were left only with memories of these people being accused of heinous crimes but never of the unearthed reality. Common man was sabotaged with wrong information, biased reporting and character assassination. Police investigations, court rulings take a backseat whenever media got a chance to malign the image of these religious saints. But then why? Who gains from such an act? Is it only a TRP gaining game?

There was a time when supposedly the job of print & electronic media was to “report” the events happening around in its entirety & with honesty. However, sadly this trend has changed from past few years. The question is why are they doing this? Probably because of too much competition & they want to be at the top spot & want to acquire maximum TRP & they will do whatever it takes to achieve that. True. But another view, probably for some specific “stories” they now get paid, heavily, to run a campaign against a famous personality, political party, corporate house etc. Otherwise what’s the reason that a 3mins news report becomes a 3 weeks long program with special shows, live coverage, minute by minute updates, flashes, tickers everything related to one single story? 

As if world has suddenly became heaven & everything else has stopped happening around us. The country’s economy is crashing despite hollow efforts from the Government, the cash starved nation is imposed with the burden of food bill, international media are writing off our chances and we are rising up the corruption index fast – yet 24 hours what we see when we switch on the rich & famous news channels is one particular story. So our attention is diverted from the crucial facts that could harm the Government to a story that probably will reach another dead end. And bingo! The work is done. This is what they wanted; this is what they got paid for. Now throughout your lifetime you are going to believe that this person is guilty & not going to trust him/her in any which way no matter how innocent he/she is. 

Asaram Case: Planned process of character assassination

So let’s start talking about the recent case of Asaram Bapu who has millions of followers around the world, arguably the biggest Saint in India with 40 million registered disciples. But outside that circle, ask anyone of the great Indian middle class about what they think about Asaram Bapu and you will bound to hear back “dhongi baba” as a reply.  And this will include people who didn’t even know the person two days ago. Please do say thanks to any of your favourite media house. Working tirelessly over several years, they have successfully created such an image of babas in our mind that we naturally question their identity & even their good deeds. 

Secondly, the 40 million disciples of Asaram Bapu are not stupid or illiterate people but includes scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, bureaucrats, businessmen & people from all walks of life. No single man in the world can fool so many people on just the basis of faith & religion. But then it would be difficult for many to believe, because we are now victims of a pre conceived notion built in our mind by the media. 

Ever wondered why the media channels never interviewed or brought forward any of Asaram’s disciples?  Television channels have shown that Bapu’s disciples stayed on till the last day but the talk shows always had people talking against him. These people are carefully handpicked based on their bias and the content curated to spread the bias among the viewers.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy who tweeted few days ago “Media is fast emerging as amateur prosecutors with no knowledge of law. There is no accountability for them”.  Do you agree with this? Well I do. The Indian media has created frenzy around the sexual allegation. The media channels have cashed on breaking news, increased their TRP, have run the criminal case on their channels and issued the judgment themselves that Asaram Bapu is guilty. There were nationwide peaceful protests against the above allegations but none of the media platform covered any of those. In the photos given at the end of this article you will see silent protestors from India, Europe, UK and US - all protesting silently against the media conspiracy against Asaram. But strangely, they never got covered. Rather the image built about Asaram's followers were that of rowdy hooligans attacking the media reporters.

There is huge difference between the facts shown by media and facts presented by victim’s lawyer and Police FIR.  As again rightly mentioned in a tweet by Dr. Swamy, “Has any media anchor seen the police report on Asaram Bapu? Does it allege rape?” The reality is that it does not. Even the girl’s medical report has ruled out the chances of being raped. But then strangely most media platform has named this case as ‘Asaram Bapu Rape Case’!  Dr. Swamy again tweeted “All those campaigning against Asaram Bapu should write down all the accusations by date, by whom, where and which proved so far”. But as expected, no media channel showed that as obviously it will go against what they were asked to show.

The ideal role of an anchor of a medial channel is of a neutral person listening to & allowing each one in the panel to have their say. But if we watch carefully we will realize that on television channels organizing talk shows on this particular case, the role of the anchor is assigned to team up with the rest and bash up any person remotely trying to show support towards Asaram. 

Asaram Case: A few points many of us have not noticed

Tired and disgusted by such one sided, biased and motivated media trial, I researched a bit & gathered few facts. And here are few points I have to make: 

  • First, Jodhpur DCP Ajay Lamba accepted & briefed media after receiving FIR that neither there is a charge under IPC Section 376 in the FIR nor the medical report proves any such thing even then media kept on addressing the saint as ‘rapist’. 

 

  • The same report got changed and section 376 was included later in the report. The girl was taken for a medical examination and the police have now accepted that from the results no rape had taken place. In any other ordinary situation police would have tried gathering proof before proceeding further or would have dismissed the case. But in this case, the police curiously decided to register the charge of sexual assault and molestation.

 

  • In an interesting turn of events a girl who was identified as the classmate of the complainant came forward and revealed that over a brief phone call the victim confessed to her that she is unwilling to create an issue but her parents are pushing for it. Some media channels picked up the news momentarily but then quickly shunned it aside. A few news channels though have shown it for a brief time. View it below:

 

 

  • Virat Sant Sammelan (Huge assembly of saints) happened in Surat on Janmashtami where well known representatives of all the akharas (Niranjani, Mahanirvani, Juna, Udaseen), saints from J&K, Assam, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and all around India were present in support of Bapu. But the event did not receive any media attention. In fact at the same time, some media channels telecasted footages of some lesser known sadhus in remote areas who were willing to speak against Asaram in front of camera. 

 

  • There was a peace protest organized by Asaram’s followers at Jantar Mantar. The protestors included both male and female supporters. A group of male policemen charged in late evening, cut the lights and then lathi charged to disperse the protestors. The same police who are implicating Asaram on a sexual offence case failed to have female officers accompanying them when they got into a physical tussle with the female supporters. The media cameras remained shut and on the following day a few disgruntled supporters were highlighted manhandling the reporters. 

 

 

  • There were reports about the victim’s father receiving phone threats from people close to Asaram. However, despite complaint no one was arrested. The very efficient police who could track down facebook offenders from an IP address cannot track the caller in this case. 
  • In such cases, generally media takes bytes from the lawyers of both parties and bring to the audience pointers on how the case would proceed in the court room. Lawyer's version also brings forth a legal pointview of both parties. However, in this particular case, Asaram's lawyer did not get much camera presence. Some points he made about 'Why bail was rejected' are sensible and should have been aired for the knowledge of common people. A brief summary will be available in the video below:

 

 

There are many other small & big instances which I can mention here but it will definitely exceed the word limit and challenge your patience to read this mammoth article about the media trials. 

With these biased views and special 30 mins to one hour programs running continuously, a common man is bound to believe what is said and shown. Clearly some major funding is happening behind this & a strong nexus is working to malign the images of popular and once respectable saints. Otherwise, why on earth anyone will all media house jump in an unified way to give so much airtime to this one particular news and not talk about the blatant flouting of law by Indian Olympic Association or US attack on Syria or falling GDP or crumbling rupee? Is the Asaram case, even with all its merit, holds more importance than other topics? A food for thought to all readers.

 

 

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Ever since the self styled godman Asaram Bapu got mired in controversy for allegedly raping a girl in his ashram, his supporters have gone berserk, with many indulging in violent protests. But, that is just one side of the coin. There are some who are distressed and have distanced themselves from him. Maheshwari family in Ujjain, who once donated around 8 bigha land for his ashram here feel that the objective of the endeavor has not been fulfilled. They have now decided to take back the land. The ashram was constructed some 20 years back here on the Mangalnath Road on the land donated by mawa trader Pannalal Maheshwari. Some permanent construction for assembly, discourse, kitchen had taken shape. Agricultural activity was also going on over the remaining land area. Asaram too used to stay here during his visits. Family member Vimalchand Maheshwari said their sentiments were hurt with the recent revelations about Asaram and his ashrams. "We gave the land for pious purposes but the original objectives it seems would not be fulfilled," another member Rajkumar Maheshwari added. "We would soon meet district collector and also take legal advice from lawyers to initiate the process to take our land back," said the family members. Meanwhile, the administration has also made up its mind to check illegal possession or encroachment by the self-styled godman's ashram. District collector B M Sharma said demarcation of ashram land would be carried out soon and if any encroachment on government land is found, necessary action would follow.
According to a news item in the Times of India, Ever since the self styled godman Asaram Bapu got mired in controversy for allegedly raping a girl in his ashram, his supporters have gone berserk, with many indulging in violent protests. But, that is just one side of the coin. There are some who are distressed and have distanced themselves from him. Maheshwari family in Ujjain, who once donated around 8 bigha land for his ashram here feel that the objective of the endeavor has not been fulfilled. They have now decided to take back the land. The ashram was constructed some 20 years back here on the Mangalnath Road on the land donated by mawa trader Pannalal Maheshwari. Some permanent construction for assembly, discourse, kitchen had taken shape. Agricultural activity was also going on over the remaining land area. Asaram too used to stay here during his visits. Family member Vimalchand Maheshwari said their sentiments were hurt with the recent revelations about Asaram and his ashrams. "We gave the land for pious purposes but the original objectives it seems would not be fulfilled," another member Rajkumar Maheshwari added. "We would soon meet district collector and also take legal advice from lawyers to initiate the process to take our land back," said the family members. Meanwhile, the administration has also made up its mind to check illegal possession or encroachment by the self-styled godman's ashram. District collector B M Sharma said demarcation of ashram land would be carried out soon and if any encroachment on government land is found, necessary action would follow. Divisional commissioner Arun Pandey said that encroachment of government land adjoining Asaram ashrams in Dewas and Ratlam have been cleared. In Ratlam, 21 hectare of government land near JVL temple was given to Asaram followers' organization for 11 days in 2011 but it remained in their possession till now.
According to a news report in the Times of India, District administration on Thursday filed a caveat over notices issued by them to Indore-based Asaram Bapu's ashram on Khandwa Road for violation of lease agreement, construction norms and encroachment of government land. The caveat has been filed to prevent the ashram from getting a stay from the court over possible action of administration like cancellation of lease, demolition of construction without land diversion and vacating encroachment of government land. SDM Sandeep Soni confirmed that caveat has been filed in court. On the complaint of RTI activist R K Gupta, the district administration formed a probe committee which found irregularities. On the basis of findings of probe committee, the administration issued three notices to ashram. One notice was issued by collector under Section 182 of MP Land Revenue Court (MPLRC) for violation of the lease agreement and given 15 days time to reply. The state had given 6.78 acre of land to Asaram on lease in 1997 for yoga centre and grukul but they constructed ashram on the land and carried out commercial operation like manufacturing and selling of medicine. SDM had served notice under the Section 172 of MPLRC for land use diversion and tehshildar served notice under Section 248 of MPLRC for encroachment on government land. Sources say that administration will take strict action and most likely encroachment of government land will be vacated and construction done with land diversion can also be demolished.
Mohit Lambha
THE REASON WHY MEDIA IS CONSPIRING AGAINST ASARAM BAPUJI AND HINDUISM By frequently targeting saints like Asaram Bapuji, this sponsored media is trying to create an environment where there is lack of trust for saints among indian citizens. By this way they are trying to destroy hinduism and reputation of all the saints in india. Wondering why media would indulge in such an act. Please read the below - WHO CONTROLS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN INDIA? NDTV: Funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain. Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because the Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, Gen Secy of Communist party of India. CNN-IBN: Funded solely by the Southern Baptist Church in the US. It has branches in all over the world with headquarters in the US. The Church annually allocates 800 million dollars for promotion of this channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh. TIMES GROUP LIST: TIMES OF INDIA, MID-DAY, NAV-BHARTH TIMES, STARDUST, FEMINA, VIJAYA TIMES, VIJAYA KARNATAKA, TIMES NOW (24 hour news channel) and many more. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. Eighty per cent of funding is done by the World Christian Council. The balance of twenty per cent is equally shared by an Englishman and an Italian. The Italian Roberto Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi. STAR TV: Is run by an Australian who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church in Melbourne, Australia. HINDUSTAN TIMES: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in collaboration with Times Group. THE HINDU: An English daily started over 125 years by a Sri Vaishnava Hindu family. It has been recently taken over by the Joshua Society in Berne, Switzerland. Edited by the Communist Sinophile N. Ram. He also edits the newspaper’s fortnightly Marxist magazine FRONTLINE. THE HINDU is known in Chennai (Madras) variously as “The Sapper” (because it supported the British during the struggle for Indian independence) and “The Old Widow of Mount Road” (because of its lugubrious, cliche-ridden style of writing and incomprehensible editorials). More recently it has aquired the title “China’s National Newspaper in India”. INDIAN EXPRESS: It is divided into two groups. THE INDIAN EXPRESS in North India and THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS in South India. Founded by the Hindu freedom fighter Ramnath Goenka. Controlled by Acts Ministries who has a major stake in the INDIAN EXPRESS. THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS is still with its North Indian counterpart. EENADU: To date this Hyderabad newspaper is still controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. It is under concerted attack by the Christian Church, the Andhra Pradesh Christian chief minister Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy and the Congress Party. ANDHRA JYOTHI: The Muslim Party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently. THE STATESMAN: It is controlled by Communist Party of India. KAIRAL TV: It is controlled by Communist Party of India (Marxist). MATHRABHOOMI: Leaders of the Muslim League and some Communist Party members have major investments in the newspaper. ASIAN AGE & DECCAN CHRONICLE: These popular newspapers are owned by a Saudi Arabian company. Its chief editor was M.J. Akbar until early 2008. New chief editor unknown. These papers are aggressively pro-Christian (Roman Catholic) anti-Hindu newspapers. DOORDARSHAN India’s national TV network broadcasting in all corners of the country. Since Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party has come to power, all DOORDARSHAN stations carry Christian missionary programmes dubbed into the regional languages.
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